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A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving,…

A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of… (edition 2017)

by Clara Parkes (Author)

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"Clara Parkes presents a heartwarming anthology of stories that celebrate yarn -specifically the knitter's reputation for acquiring it in large quantities and storing it away in what's lovingly referred to as a 'stash'"--Back cover.
Title:A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of Yarn
Authors:Clara Parkes (Author)
Info:Harry N. Abrams (2017), 192 pages
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A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting go of Yarn by Clara Parkes



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knitting, non-fiction, multiple authors, moving, stash, yarn, fiber ( )
  Kadia | Oct 9, 2019 |
2018 Read Harder #22 - Read an essay anthology
  Muhrrynn | Jul 11, 2019 |
I really enjoyed this collection. 4.5 stars. Eminently readable for a lover of yarn, the essays run the gamut from humorous to serious, the collections described from minimalist to SABLE-level, and the stashes from yarn to fiber to fabric.

Some of my favorites essays: I loved the beautiful and generous spirit behind Jillian' Moreno's fiber stash, and how easily it flows into her own creativity and to others. I appreciated Eugene Wyatt's tale of giving yarn away - it was a good reminder of how much you gain from giving instead of trying to get money before you'll let go. Franklin Habit's essay gave me all the feels and brought me to tears twice (on the bus commuting to work, no less!) - from the joy of reconciliation and recognition, and the sadness of loss.

Perhaps the most moving to me was Lilith Green's story of how her stash is part and parcel of growing to love her body - the one that society was always telling her wasn't good enough. I have three lots of sweater quantities in my stash, purchased 8-10 years ago, and I still haven't knit myself a sweater. Maybe it's time to stop waiting for the body I may never have and knit a sweater for the one I have. Also, I immediately followed her on Instagram after reading the essay - I want more people like her in my social media.

And, of course, I thought a lot about my own yarn and fiber stash when reading the essays. I'd _like_ to be a minimalist collector of yarn, buying when I'm ready to cast on, but I'm not. (I probably have 10 years' worth of knitting in my stash*, in part because I'm a slow knitter, but also because I'm a spinner. About a quarter of my stash is fiber, and about half of my yarn is my handspun.) I try to knit from stash - and I like that when I jumped on the Find Your Fade bandwagon, I was able to pull two Fade sets from my stash. (I also like it, that after I finish knitting those Fades, my sock yarn stash may be small enough that I couldn't do that again).

I do feel weighed down by the burden of all my yarn, even though I have culled it enough that most of what remains is yarn I really do love. I think I'll take some inspiration from this book to give some yarn away, especially some of that handspun I don't have projects in mind for, and open myself up to maintaining my stash through generosity, as several essayists have recommended. And embrace that sometimes the spinning is all the project ends up being.

* My Ravelry user name is potentialofyarn and my stash is up to date :-) ( )
  chavala | Dec 29, 2018 |
Knitters and crocheters have 'stash' - a collection of yarn designated for future projects, leftover from previous projects, and acquired simply because they like it. This series of essays by those who love yarn is a loving confirmation of what all knitters and crocheters know: you can never have too much yarn. The writers run the gamut, from a woman who grew up on a sheep farm knowing yarn from the very beginning, to a man finding connection to the women in his family through knitting.

For knitters with a significant stash, this is a comforting collection of stories; the writers touch a cord with those of us who know there is something good and fulfilling about our collection of yarn.

On a practical level, the format of short but potent essays lends itself to those who can't put down their knitting long enough to read an entire book... ( )
  CDWilson27 | Oct 5, 2018 |
Nice anthology of essays about stash written by knitters, some of whom stash and some that don‘t. I found myself identifying with these kindred spirits. My own stash has grown completely out of control but I can’t see myself destashing despite some good advise offered.

I found the frequent excerpts in large italic print on the same page as they appear in the story distracting. It seems to be an attempt to make a short book appear to be a bit longer. ( )
  mamabear54 | Apr 2, 2018 |
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